From Anna Korbut:
Russian authorities in Crimea declare Mustafa Dzhemilev, a Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP, persona non grata. So, he can’t go home now.
Earlier, the name of the Crimean parliament written on the parliament building in Crimean Tatar (and Ukrainian) was taken down, leaving just the name in Russian.
Meanwhile, Putin promised that the rights of all ethnic groups in Crimea, including Crimean Tatars (and Ukrainians), would be respected and protected. Those rights include linguistic ones.
Mr. Dzhemilev is probably getting dangerous for Putin since he has initiated the law to qualify Crimean Tatars as an indigenous people. That gives them an opportunity to request autonomy within Ukraine under the respective UN declaration. And that would preserve some Ukrainian influence – and probalby military presense as well – on the peninsula.
PS. Let’s hope the intitiative goes through!